It is the most wonderful time of the year! Putting up the Christmas tree is the best part of decorating for me. I love the anticipation of putting up my traditional trees and then thinking of how I might change a couple to give them a slightly different look. It is all so exciting to me. Is it a little crazy that I already have a couple ideas for next Christmas swirling around in my head? It used to be the most nerve wracking part of decorating, because the trees really are the show stoppers. They take center stage in a home. I have always wanted to be good at decorating my trees, but it really is an art form that takes some practice and skill. I finally have a good formula for decorating my trees. I’ve also been collecting my ornaments for about 30 years. It is definitely not something you can just go out and purchase in a year or two. I personally believe you need to spend your money on a good Christmas tree first and then start collecting the ornaments for the look you’re going for.
It always makes me so sad when I see an estate sale with tons of ornaments they’re getting rid of. Not only did they have sentimental value to the owner, but costs thousands of dollars. You can acquire ornaments by going to garage sales, after Christmas sales, using coupons, and going to the dollar store. If you want a certain style tree, I would not settle. I would wait patiently and set out to find exactly what you’re looking for. Start with an amazing tree and fill in the ornaments as you find them. You can also change your tree drastically by just changing up your garland or ribbon. This is a cheaper way to get a different look without changing all your ornaments. I have found using the wired ribbon is the way to go. It is much easier to manipulate and place where you want it to go.
Below you will notice all my trees are very different, but all look uniform and done in the same format. I will show you my trees in this post. The next post will break down the materials used step by step and how I decorated the tree. Keep in mind, all of my trees are artificial. My husband is allergic to the real deal so we haven’t had a real tree for about 18 years.
These are my three main trees and I love each and every one of them for different reasons. We also have a 9′ family tree that my kids decorate with their Hallmark and homemade ornaments. I featured that tree last year. The lights are starting to go out in certain places on that tree and will be replaced next year. Wednesday’s post will give you a play by play on how I decorate these trees and what specific items I use to decorate each tree. I also specify where I purchased the item so if you’re interested in picking something up you can check it out. I would love to hear all about your trees in a comment below. What is your theme this year?